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to turn this state around. fix the budget -- honestly. grow small businesses -- really. excellent schools -- everywhere. protect the bay -- finally. it's why i'm running. to make the state we love not just good but great. now let's get down to work. we're back now with more of "today" on a wednesday morning. it's the 15th day of september, 2010. and it's just a stunning day here in the northeast. we have got a crystal blue sky, not a cloud in it. there's some nice people on the plaza, a great combination, and also out on the plaza, i'm matt lauer, along with natalee morales. coming up, our 911 money people are back, and we have got a lot of questions to answer. this morning we're going to
tackle things like what do you do if the interest rate on your credit card is rising, a lot of people are dealing with that right now. and also how much debt is too much debt when it comes to your student loans, we'll get some answers to your questions. >> perfect segue to another segment we have coming up, your finances, you know it make or make a lot of marriages. if you're not on the same page when it comes to saving and spending, your marriage could be heading down the wrong track, we have some advice on how you can start speaking in the same financial language. there's also financial therapists now that can help couples along. and also coming up the stars from the always edgy rihanna to jennifer anniston. we're going to talk about the best and worst dressed list. and our beautiful anne curry, hot at every age. to be chic at every age. you take the prize, we know
that. >> and i don't think they should have put you in the hottie category. they should have put you in the 30s category. ann's got the headlines. let's tell you all about news now because "today" is the first full day of freedom in more than a year for american hiker sarah shourd. we arrived in oman and she was greeted by her mother. shane bauer and josh fattal are still in iran. their mothers had message for iran. >> please, please release josh and shane. now we can just say josh and shane, sarah is home, but president ahmadinejad is coming to the united states for the u.n. general assembly, we welcome him to the united states and again as we are glad here, but this year with even more urgency, we say please bring josh fattal and shane bauer home
to the united states and to us, their mothers. >> their mothers also said they're anxious to speak with sar shourd for any information they can give them. christine o'donnell stunned mike castle. charlie rangel won his primary despite ethics charges. secretary of state hillary rodham clinton say israel and the palestinians are, quote, getting down to business on key issues in the latest round of peace talks there. police in afghanistan used live ammunition to break us protests against america. the protests are a lingering reaction to a florida pastor's plan to burn the koran, even though he has called that off. and the miners trapped deep
under ground -- his wife gave birth to a girl named hope in a nearby hospital. the miner will be able to see images of his daughter, but he won't be able to hold her, of course, until he is rescued still set for some months from now. >> great story, thank you, ann. >> ann, thank you very much. stephanie abrams filling in for al. >> give us some mileage on the iron man. >> it's 2.4 miles of a swim, 104 miles of a bike. >> you're an iron man mom, right? >> i am. >> great weather for that iron man. let's have a look at what's happening in the atlantic. we do have hurricane igor, it looks like it could impact bermuda directly, but it could
bring some swells and some rip current hoar. otherwise it's simply gorgeous if you're training for an iron >> morning. it looks like another nice day. the temperatures are a little cool right now but it will warm up quickly. mostly sunny skies this afternoon with high >> ann, over to you. this morning on "today's" money 911, we're helping your finances with our experts and they are jean kas sky, and the
more of money 9/-- and the auth finish rich. good morning to all of you, we have already got a question out there, jane from st. louis, missouri. jane, what's you question, good morning? >> hi, my husband has co-signed college loans for my daughter about $50,000 and i am wondering what does that do to our credit score and our credit rating and what can we do to make sure it's good? >> jane, it doesn't necessarily help your credit rating, i'm sure that you're not surprised to hear that, it affects the amount of debt that you have outstanding, it ounts in your total debt. so the most important thing for you to do is to make sure that those bills are paid on time. and if you don't trust your daughter to pay them on time, have her pay you and you pay the bills and that way you'll know that your credit is protected. we warn people all the time
about signing as a co-signer, you don't want to do it if you don't have to do it. >> you have to do as much research as your daughter does on how to consolidate that debt and what lender to go to. >> and we have sarah on the line from michigan. and sarah has a question about credit card debt. >> i have about $40,000 worth of credit card debt that i have been trying to pay off for several years. the problem is that my credit card interest rate keeps being raised. i pay more than the amount due and i all the credit card company and they always say they can't do anything and to call back again in a couple of months. i tried to do a balance transfer, but i always get denied. i'm running out of ideas and i would love tom advice. >> sarah, which credit card
company is it? let's put them on the spot. >> i'm with capital one. >> capital one lower your interest it rates. if you make money mum payments now because of the new law tells you how many years it's going to take to get out of debt. $4,500, you make minimum payments it's going to take you 25 years to get out of dead. with an extra $10 a day added to that debt. so if you can look at any ways in which you're spending $5 to $10. >> but she's saying she has paid a little more and she's also saying they keep raising -- >> the minimum payment has been reduced to a point where you'll basically never get out of debt. it's about 2%, 2.5% of the overall debt. they have designed it so you never get out of debt. it's got to be double the minimum payment. >> if you can qualify for
another card, forget about the balance transfer. shut that card down and they should take your interest rate at that point if you use the word hardship to 6%. so she secures another car first, then you tell them shut that card down, they should give her five years to pay it off and they'll reduce the interest rate. >> i want to say something that's important, she's young so she may not want to go into a hardship program. but in your case, $4,500 in credit card debt, she's young, she probably can get out of this debt in less than a year, literally cutting out the la lattes, having one less drink. >> there's also the issue of why is she being denied the balance transfer for other cards and
other debt. make sure you're looking at your other finances. there may some other issues you need to look at in terms of your overall debt usage. >> going into debt advice.org, trying to find a nonprofit credit counselor to help you through that. it's not a lot of money to some keep, it's a lot of money for her. >> what's that website again? >> debtadvice.org. >> her question is i will begin my full-time doctoral program this fall. i have a 6,900 debt from my masters. i am looking at $100,000 in student loan debt. exactly what do you consider an acceptable set for a doctorate. >> first of all i want to dmend
leslie on getting her ph.d. when you get out of school, the a lot of debt that you have, you want to be making more money than that. she's talking about over $100,000 that she's going to be in debt. is she going to make that. >> there is no guarantee about that. >> there is no guarantee, so what you need to do is look at for gradual school, fast web.com is a good site to look for that. but also know that the median hardship or debt that people have for a mvd is $9,000. that's ten times the average. so she also needs to look at othetax breaks she can get. don't forget about the lifetime learning credit. that's $2,000. >> this is from dot in pennsylvania, my daughter is currently trying to get custody
did of her 4-year-old son. she has been working two jobs and cannot afford proper legal representation. she and i have gone through all our savings. my daughter does not qualify for financial debt because she has two jobs but every penny is used up by her laura. >> it's so difficult you want to go through legal aid, you want to go through the legal aid society in your community, go through the bar association for referrals of people who might be able to help you at a lower cost. >> thank you so much all three this morning. and coming up on "today's" wedding, we just picked the wedding dress. now we're going to show you what other modern drive should be carrying in her purse. but also coming up next.
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"people" magazine, we cover celebrities, and the fashion ins and outs that's not excluded. >> and it's not just the red carpet, it's the full blown fashion sense. jennifer anniston, obviously a gorgeous woman, can't go wrong, it seems, with style. >> she's really great with silhouettes and shows off that wonderful, toned body. she's good at that, she doesn't turn to a lot of color. she has great legs, great abs, we love that about her. >> it's acceptable and people want to look like her, it's great. >> next is kate middleton, and you call her the princess in waiting. >> even though she's 28, you just love that pinache, and that lady like feel that she brings. >> she loves to wear these head dresses that are delicate and
they have little feathers and beads and they're fun and fresh. >> seems like she's already stepped into that role. >> that's the key. >> and zoey saldona, you call her the red carpet queen. >> we love the variety and the chances that she takes on the red carpet. people loved it and hated it. i actually loved it. it's fantastic. >> and a new by on the list, lana michelle. >> she's quite the it girl, and the vibrant colors that she chooses reflects her vibrant personality. >> next rihanna, you call the daring diva and she's ended up on both lists, best and worst dressed. so when you take those risks, there's sometimes going to be a little bit of a penalty.
>> but we love that she mixes the edgy and the feminine and sometimes like you said, when you dare, you can go there sometimes, it might be a little bit off, but we appreciate that about her. >> sharon stone and snooki, hard to believe the two could be on the same list. sharon stone, she made a black gap t-shirt just a classic that one year. but this was just a one-time award. >> sharon, everyone has a snag, like i said, every now and then, snooki, she loves to try to the trends, and we're going to let you assess for yourself. and she likes the spotlight, so she knows what's working for her, i guess. okay, lady gaga, a little surprising didn't make either of the lists. "people" magazine says she's a little middle of the road. >> we have one page dedicated to her. because you cannot ignore her, people want to see what she's wearing as much as they want to hear that voice. so we have a page that takes in
all of that glory. >> lady gaga. >> i still can't get over that, it's disgustings. again, you got to check out the list, people's best and worst dressed issue hits the stands on friday. coming up, making sense of your dollars and cents, we're going to tell you buy it's important for couples to speak the same financial language. but first, these messages. a great day to save. oh, it's not just today. with our free loyalty program, you earn great stuff like accident forgiveness and bigger discounts just by staying with us. oh! ooh! so, what you're saying is, it gets even better with age. oh! tell me we're still talking about insurance. rewarding loyalty. now, that's progressive. call or click today.
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>> i'm from nay paul. >> i'm from iran. >> i'm from columbia. >> okay, great, so we have introduced everyone. and who was the criteria in how you chose these winners? >> what we asked for is really to provide a platform for them to speak to what they believe democracy is. and from that there were regional winners, and then we allowed obviously the public to decide which ones they felt were -- >> all are very different points of view from different parts of the world. democracy means something different to everyone. >> what did they win, exactly. >> well, they won this, coming to meet you. and they spent a day at educational especially tugss learning a little bit more about film making. they'll be leaving for los angeles on saturday.
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as well as a lot of fee increases. as you know, there's a big difference between fees and taxes. but...they're the same. it's a tax. it's a tax. it's a tax. it's a tax. there's a big difference between fees and taxes. fees and taxes are one in the same. if it comes out of my pocket, it's a tax. now he says it isn't true. we didn't raise taxes. what? still doing the same thing, paying out more money. typical politician. definitely. my commute home to the eastern shore every night only takes an hour but that's more time than congress spends reading massive spending bills, it's crazy. that's why i wrote a law that requires 72 hours to read every bill. i read the big bills and i said no. no to the $3 trillion budget, no to the bank bailout, and no to the health care bill. at home you would never pay a bill without reading it neither should congress. i'm frank kratovil and i approve this message because i'm proud to be ranked one of the most independent members of congress. yeah, but... what.. happened to the back there?
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>> it really seems to be the show of our time. meantime coming up this morning, money and marriage. >> money matters are not all about dollars and cents, they can also be about control, independence or trust and can definitely put a strain on a marriage. so we'll have some advice on how to speak the same financial language when it comes to saving, spending and paying your bills. >> "today's" bride melissa now knows what she will be wearing down the aisle thanks to you our viewers. but what will she be carrying in her purse? i don't know you carried a purse on your big day. but what will all brides be benefited by in case they need a fast fix. we'll have next what they should have in their bag. >> and if you're one of those women who have been in about 16 weddings and have a pile of those bridesmaid's dresses
crowding your closet that you never think you're going to wear again. >> we'll tell you some ideas from modern lamp shades to a pillow. "today's" kitchen, we have a simple one skillet supper. pork chops with apples and spice sweet potatoes. it's made for men especially in mind. >> pork chops and applesauce, remember that? >> playing games with the family. >> the whole family, they came together, i'm blanking. i'll do it after the weather. i'll think of it. let's do the weather here. severe weather through the center of the country, otherwise things are looking good here >> good morning. we are off to a nice, quiet start and a little on the cool
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about finances are 30% more likely to split up. so how do you keep this issue from derailing your relationship? michelle callaghan is here with some great advice. good morning to you, michelle. obviously money can be the cause of many problems, a lot more than just dollars and cents, it's a much more emotional issue for couples. >> people have a lot of feelings rooted in their emotions about money and it really does connect to their feelings about love, control and interest in their partner. it has a huge impact on whether your marriage will be successful or not. >> let's get to your tips right away. get on the same page when it comes to money. how do you do that when you can come from two opposite ends of the spectrum. >> you've got to pull everything out and talk about it. we want to look at all those bills, we want to look at all those bank statements, talk about your financial goals and talk about what your debt is and how you plan to get out of it. that's about getting everything
out on the table and making a plan together. >> a lot of times women or even men, sometimes we hand it off to the one person in the relationship, is it important to be equal as partners in that? >> it's important to speak up. there may be one person who does most of it, but you do need to have those regular conversations so both partners are sfully aware of what's going on. when you put cash in your hands, you say this is my budget for the week, this is how much i'm allowed to spend, and when it's gone, it's gone. when you talk about what to eat, drink or read, it's about $5. >> it's all important, the next thing you say is to set ground rules, perhaps even to set up separate accounts sometimes in a relationship. >> some people want to spend money on different things, and some people can manage their money more easily if they put their money in separate accounts
and they also have a joint account. what kinds of things are we going to use a joint account for. what's an agreed upon purchase. we'll talk about it before spending a certain amount. >> next you say talking about your past and sometimes you don't want to dredge up past mistakes which a lot of people do in relationships, but really important to go back and review what you did wrong and to correct your mistakes. >> talk about what happened in your family growing up because we do have all these emotional feels and our parents talked about money a certain way and we learn from that and build upon that. you have to decide, do you want to do what they did or do you want to make a new route? >> always in process, regulate, set up check in meetings, so check in with each other often. >> i would say at least once a month, hopefully every week, talk your goals, talk about whether you're getting things done. one person shouldn't know everything and one person be
clueless. >> you also suggest times reversing roles with your partners, especially when you're fighting about money. how does that help? >> it's a light hearted way of saying let's role play a little bit, i'll be you and you be me and you start of see what that other person looks like. >> you're not getting that big screen tv. >> are you kidding me? you're umpteen thousands of dollars in debt. >> it helps you understand where you're each coming from. >> yes. >> great advice as always. coming up next, what every bride should have in her bag on her big day. [ male announcer ] with its 43 safety features, like the parkview rear back-up camera... hi, sweetie. there you are. [ male announcer ] ...electronic vehicle information center, and rear cross path detection system,
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looking at some of these ideas, some of these ideas are good for women just on a night out, for a lot of reasons not just for getting married. >> these are things personally i have always in my purse. they're all good fixes, quick fixes and sometimes good things come in small packages. >> your first suggestion. >> you don't want to be sick on your honeymoon. it's an anti-bacterial moisturizer that lasts for four hours, you can shake all the hands you want, you don't have to worry about catching a cold or something. >> it's not offensive. moving on then to makeup, there are lots of sort of issues whether you're getting married or whether you're going to a party. what do you suggest that's not
going to be too big to put in your purse? >> these are all really teeny things. this is from hourglass cosmetics, the packaging is really cool. it's flat, even if you don't have room for this in your purse, you can put it in your back pocket. you can sit on it and you won't even know. we're seeing a lot more lipstick than lip gloss. you can even apply this without a mirror, it's perfectly shaped so it's going to fit your lip perfectly. it's great colors and it's just absolutely beautiful. >> blushers. >> this is from my couture, they're little papers, put a few of these in your bag, so when you touch up, you can get a little gloss. >> and the concealer, if the makeup does go a little awry. it give you an air brushed finish.
>> now for a very long party, say for example you're really concerned about your hair or something else that may go askew, you have something even more surprising. >> these are little staff fixes. these are dab or dot. this is a deodorant dot. you can dab it on, it on sashes right through the skin, or your hair is falling a little flat. so if you a friend, one of your bridesmaids, if you have a bridesmaid, you'll have a signal, she'll go into the bathroom and plug it in. you go into the bathroom and get it done. >> so you can just take a little container that you can just put on your -- so you can have that if you want to smell good. >> or you can have the deodorant, whatever. >> what i would do when i
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♪ now is the time to sing for your supper ♪ this morning in "today's" kitchen, a simple one skillet supper to save you time in the kitchen. the author of mad hungry, feeding men and boys and she's also the host of mad hungry on the hallmark channel. good morning. >> good morning. >> it's not just for boys, by the way.
>> no, it's for everyone. >> no, we're mad for everyone. >> what do we mean by mad hungry. >> it's the extreme, it's the vernacular of the boys in my house. stand in front of the refrigerator and say i'm mad hungry and one day my husband said that's the name of your book. it's based off the book mad hungry. it's about getting delicious food on the table. one skillet. making them want to really be there and eat with you. >> and i love the smell of pork chop in the morning, how can you go wrong in a house full of boys. >> this is the first dish that my son learned on his own and he makes it all the time. we brown the pork chops, trimmed them up. salt and pepper, trim it up. a little bit of butter. because everything's bert with butter. and swirl it around the pan and this is the main flavoring and
natalee, it just doesn't get easier than this. and apple. it's the time of year for apple. and if you love pears, go ahead and use pears and this is pretty much of the five ingredieningre we're almost finished. >> so you cook this around, you cook this maybe about five or six minutes. and you come over here and this is how beautiful they look. >> it looks like fall. >> it looks like fall. and here where the boy part comes in you could use wine, you could use cider, but he loves beer. >> when did your son perfect this? i hope he was over 21. >> this was all he had in the refrigerator. these pork chops get right in there. these have superthick, and you can bring those apples and you can put them on top. i might cover it a little bit, but if it's a little thinner, these will cook in about 20
minutes, max, if you're into instant read thermometers. don't cook the heck out of it. >> i like mine well done. >> do what you want. >> this is cooking away. >> but you've got something really good to do along with the dinner back there. these are the spiced sweet potatoes. >> i love sweet potatoes. they're like the vegetable of health. we have a little bit of cayenne pepper. salt and cumin. you always come in when there's food in the house. >> this is not olive oil, right. >> no this is just a little bit of vegetable oil. we're just tossing it around. these aren't fried. but you bake them. >> when i told my children french fries were until they were old enough to learn. >> i wish my kids knew that that
was the case. >> i you put a little spicy like this, put it in the oven at at. >> "today's" wedding, melissa and jeremy together at last. the perfect couple in the dress and tux you chose. what will the bridesmaids wear? vote for your favorite by 1:00 p.m. tuesday. "today's" wedding sponsored by chevy.